Downtown, Everything's Waiting For You

MSNBC looks at the demographic and cultural shift away from suburbs and towards downtown.
May 22, 2009, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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"Most demographic and market indicators suggest that growth and development across the country are moving away from the suburban and exurban fringe and toward center-cities and close-in suburbs.

What's behind this shift? Empty-nesters don't need the big house and don't want to mow the big lawn. High gas prices are making long commutes less practical. The urban renaissance in big cities ranging from New York to Portland, Ore. - and the revival of charming, vibrant downtowns in small cities like Missoula, Mont. - is making the bedroom suburb and the strip mall seem positively dull."

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Published on Thursday, May 21, 2009 in MSNBC
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